Harlem Nights (1989) - Comedy, Crime, Drama

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During the 1930s, a New York City illegal gambling house owner and his associates must deal with strong competition, gangsters, and corrupt cops in order to stay in business.

IMDB: 6.1
Director: Eddie Murphy
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor
Length: 116 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 16 out of 75 found boring (21.33%)

One-line Reviews (49)

Harlem Nights is funny, entertaining and very underrated.

However simple and predictable the plot is, there's a nice twist to it.

This is truly one of the worst movies ever made--and I don't mean in a so-bad-it's-good kind of way.

A boring, offensive and stupid mess.

Will the filmmaker keep it real… or will he just waste amounts of money (the studio's, ours) and time (the studio's, ours & his own) patting himself on the back for an hour in a half?

This is a really enjoyable film.

The movie is not without plot holes and the occasional bad line of dialogue, but other than that, it's funny and entertaining.

The cast is excellent and brilliant at keeping the movie well-paced and engaging and the characters are fleshed out just enough that the comedy behind them shines through.

Worth watching!

This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen, and I don't say that much!

Eddie is really kind of bland here.

If you go in not expecting laughs, you will find it to be a very enjoyable movie.

Harlem Nights is probably one of the worst movies of 1989.

I found this movie to be very enjoyable.

The score by Herbie Hancock is outstanding,intense and beautiful and truly adds to the film.

(Another example is The Wolf of Wall Street for it being pointless.

Enjoyable .

No, strike that: REALLY bland.

Despite all of this, the movie is a well-made, well-characterized, entertaining film.

It's unbearable and not funny.

Loads of comedic talent and the film is a bore.

And for all its black casting, white actors also play funny and entertaining parts.

Face it, Harlem Nights was much more enjoyable to watch than any of the "Godfather" movies, all of which were too dark and took themselves too seriously.

Yet, despite these shortcomings, the story is engaging and is worth watching.

Don't get me wrong, the comedy parts are kept to a minimum, but almost all of them are awful, repetitive and just not funny.

But watch it online, don't waste your money on it.

Murphy's direction is so slow and quiet, you'd swear he was asleep at the wheel some of the time.

Now THAT scene is exciting and funny, Hall's extended crying jag throughout is a riot and if for nothing else, you HAVE to see how the shootout between them ends.

The relationship between Quick and Sugar Ray is fascinating and is one of the many things that drives the film.

Funny, clever and highly entertaining.

The warring nightclub movies have become so worn-through that even the parodies of it are dreary and done to death.

The film also takes a very long time to get going and the first half of the film seems a little self-indulgent - there's a lot of fighting and squabbling and lots of things happening in the first half that do little to move things forward - I personally felt that a lot of these things were done for their amusement rather than ours).

If you are looking for a movie that is entertaining and interesting at the same time then this is it.

"Harlem Nights" is a nice, enjoyable movie where Eddie Murphy doesn't overplay his street-smart shtick, where Pryor is the nice guy and sometimes a touching father-figure who tries to keep things in control and Redd Foxx is the subject of a great running-gag involving his poor sight, his interactions with Della Reese are as enjoyable as Murphy's.

The style and feel of the film is perfectly evocative of the thirties, and although the plot is rather derivative, its pulled together by a great supporting cast including Redd Foxx, Charlie Murphy and Arsenio Hall.

and prevented the film from a predictable romantic subplot.

Also,Lookout for cameos by Robin Harris(Jerome)and Charlie Murphy(Jimmy)The direction by Eddie Murphy is fantastic and stylish,with Murphy moving the camera and giving the movie a visual stunning look and pace.

Produced at a point in his career, where he had the juice to do whatever he wanted, Eddie Murphy took on the task of producing, directing, co-writing and starring in HARLEM NIGHTS, an expensive-looking but ultimately empty gangster saga about a group of black nightclub owners/gangsters running a ritzy club during the 1930's, headed by a wisecracking hot shot (Eddie Murphy)and his adopted father (Richard Pryor) and their attempts to avoid being overrun by white gangsters who think they are taking over turf that, it seems, they think is rightfully theirs, simply by virtue of their color.

Like Pryor, Murphy underplays his character slightly and shows more restraint than we're used to seeing from him, but this also works slightly against the picture and results in it being more dull than it should have been.

Harlem Nights is an hilarious movie and one of the funniest films I have ever seen that is entertaining from start to finish a movie that combines laughs,period piece and a Crime genre all in one film a movie that mixes jokes and laughs with violence and intrigue.

Unwatchable .

Speaking of Della Reese, it's her sad passing that encouraged me to give this film another look and I enjoyed it as I usually enjoy it whenever I watch it.

You do not have to look to far to see where the blame lies for this uninspired, cliche ridden and unfunny movie.

If so, you will find this movie to be terribly boring.

The plot and story are so uninspiring that the audience will wonder when these two great screen comedy actors are going to spark up.

Add an entertaining performance by Arsenio Hall as The Crying Man and you have a non stop action movie that will tickle your funny bone and have you wishing you could have seen Harlem in its glory days.

Predictable plot, lousy acting.

In this limping vanity production, Murphy's script isn't in the least bit clever or surprising, his characters are bland and the dialogue is stultifying.

With all these very funny people, why did I find myself bored to tears watching the movie?